By the numbers: Who owns guns in Illinois?

2012-12-11T17:22:00Z 2012-12-12T10:11:40Z By the numbers: Who owns guns in Illinois?By Kurt Erickson | kurt.erickson@lee.net pantagraph.com
December 11, 2012 5:22 pm  • 

SPRINGFIELD — Gun owners in Illinois are predominately men and overwhelmingly white.

According to figures provided by the Illinois State Police, nearly 77 percent of the applicants for a firearms owner’s identification card in the past three years were men.

During the same time period, 85.6 percent of the applicants checked “white” as their race on the application form, compared to 8.7 percent “black” and 5.5 percent “other.”

By comparison, the 2010 U.S. Census shows whites made up about 71.5 percent of the state’s population. African-Americans accounted for about 14.5 percent and other categories made up the rest.

In all, state police say there are 1.4 million FOID card holders in Illinois.

In Illinois, anyone who owns a firearm or ammunition is required to have a FOID card, which costs $10 and lasts 10 years.

Not everyone who applies for a FOID card can get one. Between 2009 and 2012, state police report that 16,979 applications were denied.

The state also revoked about 9,700 FOID cards for various reasons.

Applicants who have been convicted of a felony are ineligible to receive a FOID card. In addition, anyone who has been convicted of domestic battery or domestic violence is ineligible to possess a FOID card.

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  1. Walt
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    Walt - December 12, 2012 10:51 am
    Or put another way. The overwhelming number of citizens, with clean records, eligible to apply for a FOID card are white guys.
  2. jebl
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    jebl - December 12, 2012 8:24 am
    The purpose of this article is to show that white men are just scared of everyone else and need guns to keep all the "bad "people away.. This is nothing more than a pathetic attempt at race baiting to push an anti-gun agenda. I can see the headlines... Carry Concealed is being pushed by white guys to kill black guys and other ethnicities... No other reason for this crap!
  3. WhatIf
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    WhatIf - December 11, 2012 7:26 pm
    There should be a follow up article that provides the numbers by race of those convicted of gun related crimes.
  4. Responsibleone
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    Responsibleone - December 11, 2012 7:21 pm
    And, the purpose of this article is what?????????
  5. Mikey
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    Mikey - December 11, 2012 6:26 pm
    The article should clarify that they are talking about "legal" gun owners.
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